If there is one thread that ties all of my research, it might be a persistent interest in the social connections between individuals and groups. Kinship is one of the most important of these connection types. In addition to genealogical and terminological research on Pakistan, I am also interested in comparative studies of kinship terminologies and practices.
Kinship in Pakistan is one of the entry points for understanding alliance building and rivalries in both urban and rural contexts. In my forthcoming book Political Kinship in Pakistan (Rowman & Littlefield), I explore the role of kinship in the political life of Pakistan.
Lyon, Stephen M. 2019. Political Kinship in Pakistan: Descent, Marriage and Government Stability. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Lyon, Stephen M. 2017. “On Brothers and Sisters: South Asian and Japanese Idea Systems and Their Consequences.” World Cultures
22 (1). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/2f00s96z
Lyon, Stephen M, and Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal. 2016. “Ties That Bind:Marital Networks and Politics in Punjab, Pakistan.” Structure and Dynamics: EJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences
9 (2): 110–22. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5378v2fx
Lyon, Stephen M, Mark A Jamieson, and Michael D Fischer. 2015. “Persistent Cultures: Miskitu Kinship Terminological Fluidity.” Structure and Dynamics: EJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences
8 (1). http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6w65n7sf
Lyon, Stephen M. 2013. “Networks and Kinship: Formal Models of Alliance, Descent, and Inheritance in a Pakistani Punjabi Village.” Social Science Computer Review
31 (1): 45–55. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439312453275
Lyon, S.M. 2010. “Genealogy, Kinship, and Knowledge: A Cautionary Note about Causation.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences
33 (5). https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X10002244
Lyon, S.M., and S.S. Magliveras. 2006. “Kinship, Computing, and Anthropology.” Social Science Computer Review
24 (1). https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439305281494
Lyon, Stephen M. 2004. An Anthropological Analysis of Local Politics and Patronage in a Pakistani Village. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press.